- Gordon Wilson (Scottish politician)
Wilson's leadership was characterised by mixed fortunes. He was leader in the early 1980s when the party was in internal turmoil, and he was a key mover in proscribing both Siol nan Gaidheal and the 79 Group. He also led the party through two poor general election performances in 1983 and 1987. However, a highlight of his leadership was the Govan by-election victory in 1988.
Wilson attempted to involve the SNP in the Scottish Constitutional Convention but due to the convention's unwillingness to contemplate discussions about Scottish independence as a constitutional option the SNP did not get involved.
Wilson can be characterised as a SNP Fundamentalist, although more of the old style rather than the new breed who tend to be firmly on the left of the party, with Wilson being more moderate in opinion.
Before his successes in electoral politics, Wilson was "Controller General" for a time of the political pirate station Radio Free Scotland.
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- ^ "Grasping the leadership thistle". BBC News Online. 2008-10-08. http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/scotland/6603445.stm. Retrieved 2010-12-05.
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